The Great Outdoors on Canvas
Artist: Don Lewis
Artist's Statement: I’ve been taking photos off and on since I was old enough to hold a Kodak Brownie (a long time). In 2004 I bought my first digital camera and it rejuvenated my interest.
I enjoy taking photos of landscapes, flowers and wildlife. National Parks of the Western U.S. are my favorite places to go. My favorite photos have lots of vivid colors. It’s fun to be able to share them with others.
Artist: Nikolay Rizhankov
Artist's Statement: I paint to uphold the eternal beauty of Classical fine art; whether I am painting a simple still life or an elaborate portrait, I put all my heart into preserving the techniques of the old masters.
I use classical Russian, Dutch and Flemish style techniques to depict the breathtaking beauty of the natural world.
I mainly work with oil paints and pastels, putting technique above all so that the natural beauty of my subject comes across in the most pure form. I also have a good feeling for other styles of painting which allows me to work on restorations.
Artist: Sally VanDerKamp
Smoky Hill Library
Artist's Statement: After receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree in Applied Art/Graphic Design Sally found she was drawn to color and geometric designs, which led her to an introductory class in stained glass. Years later she transferred her stained glass skills to glass mosaic garden stones. And then when Sally’s interest was piqued by seeing beautiful fused glass, she added a kiln to her studio. Now she combines fused pieces with stained glass.
Her newest series of Glass Strips is an exciting blend of color and texture using traditional stained glass technique with fused glass embellishments. Many of Sally’s pieces also have branches. These are real tree branches covered with copper foil and solder.
As she collects the branches & sticks from her treks in the Rockies, she also soaks in the majestic views of the mountains. She says “I cannot duplicate the colors and magic of nature but I try to recreate a little glimpse of the beauty!